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Excessive water drinking

10/05/2006

Question:

My child drinks water excessivly and it is the worst at night. He has been tested for Diabeties Insepitous and does not have it. The doc. thinks it is a habit or tick. He drinks more water than he eats food and he can not keep the bed dry at night even with pull-ups on. He demands water and crys in pain if he can not have it. I have to lock the bathrooms at night so he wont sneek in and drink. I dont know what to do.

Answer:

This type of issue, with its complexity of worry as well as the parenting concerns.  My suggestion, given what appears to be a good medical work up, is to be seen by a behavioral and developmental pediatrician.  They may be able to help with some of these very complex interactions and should well be able to help you and your child resolve this issue.

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Response by:

Michael Spigarelli, MD, PhD
Formerly, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati